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Indian Motorcycles at the 2013 International Motorcycle Shows in New York City
Indian Motorcycles is continuing its rebirth under new owners Polaris Industries with a big showcase at the New York City stop of the International Motorcycle Shows, Jan. 18-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
The storied American motorcycle company is trying to re-establish its brand this year ahead of full product revamp for 2014. To that end, Indian Motorcycles will have its entire 2013 lineup including the Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition (pictured above). Executives from both Indian and Polaris will also be on-hand to meet visitors and discuss the future of the brand.
Indian will also continue its partnership with Mike Wolfe of the History Channel’s “American Pickers“. Wolfe will join a panel of Indian executives for a press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 to answer questions from the public as well as appearing at the Indian display for an autograph signing.“We’ve got something for everyone this weekend at IMS-New York, and show attendees will definitely want to take part in the Indian Summit press conference and consumer event on Friday to learn more about what’s coming down the road as we prepare to re-launch the original American motorcycle brand,” says Steve Menneto, Polaris vice president of motorcycles. “Our team is chartered with capturing the heart and soul of a legendary 112-year old motorcycle brand and then forging that essence into the industry’s most stunning new motorcycle line, and we are well on our way to achieving that goal. Everyone who loves motorcycles and respects the heritage of Indian Motorcycle should plan to participate in this event to learn more about our progress and plans. I’m confident they’ll walk away from that event knowing that choice in the heavyweight category is just over the horizon.”
The show will also feature the Indian Motorcycle Experience, an exhibit showcasing the company’s history featuring a collection of rare vintage models including military vehicles. Models displayed include a replica of Floyd Emde‘s 1948 Daytona 200 winning Indian “Big Base” Scout and a 1935 Indian Chief restored by Wolfe that appeared on a recent episode of “American Pickers”.
Another big attraction is a rare appearance by the Burt Munro 1920 Indian Scout featured in “The World’s Fastest Indian“. The famed “Munro Special” set a land-speed record for under-1000cc motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967, with an official speed of 183.586 mph while also setting an unofficial one-way top speed of 205.67 mph. The Munro Special won’t just be on display; Indian will fire it up and let show attendees here its engine roar throughout the weekend.
[Source: Indian Motorcycles]
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